Odds of scratching Camera Lens if going naked?

Discussion in 'iPhone Accessories' started by htownmade1984, Nov 18, 2011.

  1. htownmade1984 macrumors regular

    Aug 5, 2010
    I have an Otterbox Defender on my 4S. Never drop my phone though, so it's big and bulky for no reason...

    I want to just scrap the case, but I am worried that the camera lens will get scratched if I set the phone down on a table.

    Any advice?
  2. TM WAZZA macrumors 68000

    Sep 18, 2010
    Hamilton, New Zealand
  3. Xanderprime macrumors member

    Jun 20, 2009
    Wirelessly posted (Mozilla/5.0 (iPhone; CPU iPhone OS 5_0_1 like Mac OS X) AppleWebKit/534.46 (KHTML, like Gecko) Mobile/9A405)

    I would have to agree. My iPhone 4 was unscratched except for the camera lens.
  4. mpossoff macrumors 68020

    Mar 21, 2010
    I believe they're are back protectors that also cover the back camera lense?
  5. Prototypical macrumors 6502


    Apr 22, 2011
    Maybe just get a thin bumper? That would keep the camera off the table and hopefully scratch free.
  6. iPhone12 macrumors newbie

    Nov 11, 2011
    My lens has a couple small scratches from sliding on tables, if your worried about losing picture quality from scratches you won't I looked at the picture and there is nothing
  7. stcizzle, Nov 19, 2011
    Last edited: Nov 19, 2011

    stcizzle macrumors regular

    May 20, 2011
    NH, USA
    I had mine naked for a long time, I normally put it down on the table face down cuz there is a screen protector on the front. But i also had it on the back a lot too. But mine never scratched. As long as you're not sliding it across the table you should be fine. And make sure it's a clean surface you're putting it on. I'm pretty sure the ring around the lens is slightly raised as well to protect it so you'd really only be at risk if you have a lot dirt in your pocket or on the table you're putting it on, I'd think. Good luck, but I'd recommend getting a Sena ultraslim leather pouch for when its in your pocket/on the table to be safest. I have one and it is really nice and protective.
  8. htownmade1984 thread starter macrumors regular

    Aug 5, 2010
    Thanks for the feedback everyone! I am going to look for a leather pouch today and just not set it down on anything unless it's in the pouch.
  9. Black Dawg Down macrumors member

    Nov 1, 2011
    I'm looking for one but couldn't find any.

    But I believe even if I can find one and install it, the picture quality will be worse than having it naked with scratches.
  10. mrdm macrumors regular

    Jul 21, 2010
    Genius bar comments

    An apple genius told me that the biggest cause of most lens scratches are keys in the same pocket as the iPhone. He mentioned that he's seen scratches on phones that had cases and it didn't really make a difference whether there was a case or not.

    It is hard to notice but the back of a naked iPhone does have a raised lip along the entire outline of the phone so that when it is placed on a flat surface the back, including camera lens, does not come in to contact with the surface. This helps avoid unnecessary scratches.
  11. Oppressed macrumors 65816


    Aug 15, 2010
    I went naked with my iPhone 4 and the glass itself was fine, no scratches, but the actual lens itself had a few scratches. I believe that the glass on the lens is not as scratch resistant as the rest of the face plates. Based on that I'm still going naked with the iPhone 4S but I'm using a leather sleeve and trying not to lay it on it's back.
  12. takeshi74 macrumors 601

    Feb 9, 2011
    If the lens is glass (I have no idea if it is or not) then keys will not scratch it. Material A has to be harder than Material B for Material A to scratch Material B. Keys are not harder than glass.
  13. ntrigue macrumors 68040


    Jul 30, 2007
  14. mrdm macrumors regular

    Jul 21, 2010
    According to the apple employee I spoke with the lens cover is *not* glass. It is the only part of the back that is plastic because the optics inside wouldn't work through the glass black.

    I believe this to be true because the example I saw had noticeable scratches while the rest of the back of the iPhone was very clean - no scratches.


    Completely agree. Using the iPhone without a case is worth the *possibility* of having to buy a $25 back cover in the future. I could buy two backplates for the cost of some cases ;-).
  15. Brohammad, Dec 11, 2012
    Last edited: Dec 11, 2012

    Brohammad macrumors newbie

    Dec 11, 2012
    Washington, D.C.
    I'm afraid that's actually that's wrong. I had the iPhone 4 for the full two years and unfortunately, my camera lens became so scratched that the pictures would have a fuzzy/blurry look to them. You might want to keep a case on. I don't take my case off my iPhone 5 at all now. If you want to see some pictures, look up my Instagram, username is brohammad. You can see some of the pictures I took with my iPhone 4 before I got the 5.
  16. amarcus macrumors 6502

    Feb 26, 2008
    London, UK
  17. neoweapon macrumors newbie


    Dec 4, 2012
    San Diego
    Depends on how bad the scratches are!!! I had an iphone 4 with scratched lens and it blurred all my pictures. It was a hassle replacing the back glass.
  18. Oui macrumors 6502

    Nov 9, 2012
    If its a 4 or 4S, the back can be replaced for $29 at Apple Genius Bar.
  19. tiartrop macrumors regular

    Oct 28, 2008
    This is not the best solution, but if you have a spare screen protector around and a hole puncher, the size of the hole produced is the same size as the camera lens. But it'll probably come off after a while and you might obstruct the flash.
  20. Steevie macrumors regular

    Nov 27, 2012
    I would say....likely? I've never had it happen any one of my iphones in the past but it has happened to my friends phones...

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